SUMMARY -In the Enclave, if you don't follow the rules, you die. Whether you're a Builder or a Breeder or a Hunter, following the rules means safety.
Deuce, after going through with her ceremony, is a Huntress. She's proud of her title - it's all she's ever wanted. Now, she can fight the Freaks who terrorize the tunnels outside their Enclave. Deuce is partnered with a more experienced Hunter, Fade, a man who kept himself at a distance ever since he was discovered outside the Enclave, sickly and abused.
With Fade, there is no turning back, once decisions are made. And with Fade, Deuce will discover a world far greater than she ever imagined. But first they must stay alive.
MY THOUGHTS -This book started out good and ended great! I wasn't expecting anything going into it; if I had, I probably wouldn't have liked it much. But this really was an excellent read - and I managed it in under 28-ish hours. ;)
At first I wasn't so sure how much I liked the writing, but that changed. As Deuce's voice became more prominent, the writing style smoothed and became very lyrical. By the end I totally enjoyed all the words!
CHARACTER NOTES -While these characters didn't amaze me with uniqueness and depth, I did truly enjoy reading about them. Deuce had a very serious outlook on her life and job, but she was still very spunky and interesting. I grew to love her as she grew and as the pages flew by.
Fade was quite something. I wasn't sure about him at all in the beginning, really loved and respected him in the middle, and then went back to being unsure in the end. I didn't really see a smooth change between theses portrayals of Fade, but I'm hoping something good happens because I'm really bummed about his change.
The side characters were typical but well-developed. I enjoyed seeing who came and left over the course of the story.
STORY NOTES -I'm surprised there wasn't more action here. At least half of the book was cutting and slicing and running and being scared, all of it was really good and interesting and really intense, but the other half set up the story and the world and what happened. I honestly wish the book had been longer, to give more action time than set-up time.
But for the most part, the story was great. I really enjoyed Deuce and Fade's adventures together, whether they were on the run or hiding in a storeroom or searching for maps. And the end was totally what I'd been hoping for: a solid finish, climactic, with a bit of a cliff-hanger.
SUMMING IT UP -A fearless venture. I love that phrase, and I think it does a great job describing this story. I look forward to the continuation!
For the Parents -
Intense and sometimes gross descriptions of fight scenes and wounds inflicted. Very gross. A few mentions of rape (forced breeding, in their terms). Some men think that's all women are good for. However, this book was honestly way less scary/intense/disturbing that I thought it was hyped up tot be. Recommended 14+